Tips for Selecting the Right Fishing Gear in 2021

Selecting the right fishing gear is essential if you want to enjoy hassle-free fishing. With the right gear, you can effortlessly fish like a pro.

However, choosing the right fishing gear is undoubtedly a cumbersome task and requires a deep insight. Fret not, as today we’re going to guide you on how to pick fishing equipment like a pro.

Fishing is a way of relaxing and enjoying your time. Therefore, it is our philosophy to choose the equipment that’ll make fishing easy for you. In order to buy the best fishing gear, follow these handy tips that we have compiled as per Preppers Magazine Recommendations:

Choosing the Right Rod and Reel

Picking out an appropriate fishing rod is decisive in determining how your fishing trip will go.

However, some things that you must keep in mind while choosing one should be the sort of fish you require to catch and the amount you’re willing to spend. 

After deciding on the type of fishing rod, you are going to buy. The next most crucial step is choosing the right fishing reel. The price of reels varies and depends directly on its features, style, and functionality.

Experts recommend that you should always buy the fishing reel as per the model and length requirement of your fishing rod. The balanced the fishing rod is, the easier and convenient your fishing experience becomes.

Before you choose any rod and reel combo to buy, consider the way you’re going to use it.

There are a few different types to pick from:

Spinning Rods and Reels

One of the most common fishing rods. The spinning reel is fit under the rod; that is why it is easy to handle the rod and reel combo. I recommend this rod for beginners as it is good for casting distance and versatility.

Due to the size and the material used in making the rod, it is ideal for catching small to medium-sized fish. There is a huge range of lengths available so it can easily fit in a kayak or small boat.

Baitcasting Rods and Reels

Baitcasting rods are just like spinning rods, with the only difference being the kind of reel that you attach to it. Baitcasting rods are for the more experienced anglers as they are more difficult to cast.

This rod requires proper timing and handling. Otherwise, you will get the spool tangled. But for the people who know how to use it, it provides great accuracy and more control when catching fish as compared to the spinning rod.

A baitcasting combo is my personal favorite simply due to its control and accuracy advantages.

Surf Rods and Reels

These rods measure between 12 to 15 ft in length. The extra length is for lobbing heavy baits out into surf or far off areas of the water where the fish like to feed. This rod has a powerful butt section and is sensitive to small tugs.

Surf rods are the longest of the fishing rods fisherman use. These rods are usually in use with the eggbeater reel, which is ideal for tackling and catching bigger saltwater fish species.

Telescopic Rods and Reels

Now, these rods are for people who travel a lot and like to go fishing a lot. Fishing rods normally do not fit in cars, so a telescopic rod that reduces in size for easy storage and transport, and you can extend it later on when the time comes to use it.

Fishing rods are usually long and flimsy, so it is rather difficult to store one out of the way.

The telescopic rod is here to solve all those problems. Now you can find some of the best telescopic rods available online. Fishermen usually use this rod with a spinning reel.

Overhead Rods and Reels (aka Conventional)

One of the old and classic rods, these rods work with an overhead reel. You can identify them by knowing that they are slightly shorter and more powerful than casting rods.

This rod is for tackling big gamefish like tuna or marlin. They have enough strength to fight that one big fish that refuses to give in. There is not much work to do when using this rod; you just drop your bait in the water and wait for the strike.

Fly Rods and Reels

A very sophisticated and, in my opinion, a very hard to use fishing combo. The length and the flex is crucial to the way you use it and its performance.

Using fly rods, you do not cast the fly, but rather you cast the heavy line.

Fly fishing is very different and much more difficult than others types. It requires patience and stealth, but it is hugely rewarding and satisfying skill to master.

Fishing Rods for Kids

Now choosing the right rod for a child is important. If you want to develop their interest in fishing, you need to make sure they enjoy it. Getting a rod that is the wrong length or too heavy will frustrate them, and they may lose interest.

A good all-round spinning rod with a ultralight reel combo that is easy to use, will be ideal for a child. You may have to change the rod a few times as he will most likely grow up and will require a fishing rod according to his build.

You will have more success with a spinning rod than a baitcasting do to the ease of use and reduction in knotting the spool.

Fishing Lines

Picking out suitable angling equipment is important, as catching the right gamefish depends directly upon it. If you don’t choose a reliable fishing line, the chances are that it may break while you’re pulling in the fish.

The fishing lines are mostly made with nylon, but they vary depending on their breaking strength. One thing that you must keep in mind is to choose the breaking strength of the line depending on the fish you want to catch.

There are three main types of fishing line to choose from:

  • Monofilament Fishing Line
  • Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
  • Braid Fishing Line

Each of these has their own advantages and disadvantages depending on the species of fish you are targeting and the location. For example, if you are pier fishing then you will want to use mono line, but if you are deep sea fishing then you will want braid line.

Terminal Tackle

Deciding on the Hooks

Hooks are available in a huge range of sizes – the numbering system can be very confusing. Each size has a distinct number that starts from the 20s as the smallest and increases gradually. When it reachs 1, then the next size up is 1/0, then 2/0 and it increases further.

Additionally, for huge fish like shark then a 10/0 are more common.

Decide on the size and type of hook you need depending on the species and size of fish you are targeting.

Selecting the Sinkers

Sinkers take the bait hook down to the level of the fish. The secret behind choosing the right sinkers is to play with different weights. 

This depends on the depth that you are fishing in and how quickly you need to get down there. If there is a fast moving current, then you will need a heavier sinker.

There are also a few different shapes available which can help avoid getting your sinker caught on structure on the river bed.


Anglers often use floats to catch surface feeding fish, as they help in keeping the bait closer to the surface. There are a huge variety of floats available, from hard plastic to balloons.

Floats also give good visibility so that you can see what is happening to your bait before you feel it through the line. Picking a float that is easy to see from a distance is useful.


We hope that these simple and easy to follow tips will help you in selecting the right fishing gear.

If you have any tips or questions then please leave a comment below. We love interacting with our readers and this is the best way to contact us.

Happy fishing!

Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.